Therapist Profiles 

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Elise Johns, PhD, LPC-S, NCC, Founder  

(Baronne Office Location)

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Katherine Cantwell, MEd., LPC, NCC 

"You are a whole person. 

 

But it's hard to feel whole when the parts of you no one else can see seem broken. Like a weighted cloud, it can impede your ability to show up for yourself and others. 

 

Perhaps it stems from a lack of confidence, a past heartbreak, a lingering trauma, or maybe you're unable to name it. Whatever the cause, you might feel defeated, lost, or alone.

 

But you're not alone, and you have it within you to move forward.

 

As a licensed counselor, my ultimate goal is to help you find and venture through that healing path. 

 

My first step is to create a warm, welcoming, safe space. Then, utilizing a holistic approach, I'll attend to the "whole" you through relationship building, empowerment focus, and goal guiding.

 

But being "whole" means being your whole unique self. That means using techniques specifically crafted for you—including coping skills, communication boundary setting, conflict resolution, and stress management.

 

With experience in crisis abatement, along with my theoretical background in both feminist and person-centered theory, we'll look at the systems, patterns, or societal constraints that could be keeping you stuck.

 

My experience uniquely positions me to work with adults and teenagers as young as 15.

 

There's never been a better time to seek therapy. Making the first step comes with some vulnerability. Just know that you don't have to take that first step alone. 

 

I'm ready and eager to alleviate your burden and help you move forward."

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Monica Matuska, MS, LMFT

 

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Florida and Louisiana. I am trained in looking at the whole puzzle, not just one piece to fully understand you and the part you play in your life. I have experience working with individuals, couples and groups who have symptoms of anxiety, depression, anger, relationship issues, substance use and parenting problems. My experience is varied and I have provided group therapy along with individual therapy in home settings, schools, agencies and non-profits. 


My therapeutic style is warm and open. I utilize Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy along with Mindfulness to build awareness with my clients. I encourage my clients to always ask questions to clarify so we are on the same page and understand each other. I believe the relationship between a therapist and client is very important because it predicts our success in working together. I don't shy away from using humor in session and want you to feel at ease and yourself when we work together. My main goal when we first meet/talk is to build a relationship with you that is unbiased, collaborative and beneficial for your mental health. 

I am always amazed by people that attend therapy because I know what it is like to open up to someone new and share you personal thoughts and feelings. I look forward to working towards your emotional/mental goals and being a small part of your journey to help you move forward.

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Courtney Lafont, LCSW

 

Ever had a rough patch or found yourself repeatedly in the same old, unhappy situations? Have you felt stuck, empty or alone with no one to turn to? Have you found yourself afraid to speak up about your true feelings, worried that others might judge you? If so, pick up the phone and make an appointment. Therapy isn't for everyone but it might just be for you.

 

I practice from a cognitive behavior approach but also incorporate other therapeutic approaches in order to meet my clients where they are.

 

If you are looking for someone who will hold you accountable while maintaining a warm and nurturing, therapeutic relationship, consider booking with me, as it would be a good match!

 

I have 15 years of social work experience. I have worked with various populations across the life span in individual and group therapy settings. My expertise include perinatal mental health, infant loss, anxiety, depression, caregiver fatigue, grief/loss issues, and substance abuse. 

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Sebrina Curtis-Khidr M.Ed., LPC

Nothing inspires me more than watching others embark on the courageous journey of self-awareness, growth, and change. If you find yourself in a place of needing guidance or support inovercoming obstacles that are holding you back from where you want to be in your life, let’sbegin a therapeutic relationship. My style is compassionate and authentic. I create a warm, safespace and bring a genuine listening ear to the session. I believe in gently challenging clients inboth thoughts and behaviors because I know you're strong enough to handle it.

 

I play an active role in therapy, and you will not be left alone to sort through the things that have been withholding you from inner peace and greatness.

Therapy is not a one size fits all model, and it’d be unfair if I provided services to you throughthat frame of mind. Therefore, I utilize an integrative approach and pull from several theoretical modalities in order to tailor treatment to each individual's goals and needs.I have assisted individual adults, couples, adolescents as well as families with difficulties related, but not limited to: eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma (assault, racial injustice, emotional/verbal/physical abuse), relationships (communication, infidelity), depression, and anxiety.Let’s have a chat—I am ready when you are.

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Clare Kain, LPC, ATR

Greetings! I've been working with individuals for over 6 years with a wide range of concerns including Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar, Depression, ADHD, Grief and Loss, Psychosis and Relationships. I have also helped many people that needed additional support with developing new coping skills to better manage life stressors.

I offer a strengths-based approach with a compassionate, person-centered, and integrative counseling style which incorporates and utilizes various therapeutic methods. My task, as your therapist, is to help you process emotions in a healthy fashion. We will act collaboratively, as a team, to widen your tolerance of intense emotional experiences.

At times another person, one who isn't in our immediate circle, can offer a bird’s eye perspective or even novel forms of support. It would be my pleasure to be that person for you. I believe individuals are capable of developing greater resilience and tapping into their own inner wisdom through acknowledging their challenging life experiences.

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Mark Oakes M.A., LPC

 

Mark is a licensed professional counselor and a graduate of William Carey University where he completed a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He is a member of Louisiana Counseling Association.

 

Mark has experience working with adults, families, and children. He has worked with issues such as anxiety, depression, grief, ADHD, anger, and trauma.

 

Mark counsels from an integrated perspective. He looks at the whole person taking into account the spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional needs with focuses in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Brief Solution Focused Therapy. 

 

Mark always works to create a safe environment for his clients as they work together towards the clients goals. 

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Michael J. Miller, LCSW

 

Build a Better Version of Me (and We)

 

What if you became aware that you were stuck in old habits that hold you back and were motivated to create new patterns that better serve your current life?

 

Learn to identify your own needs and how to communicate assertively in personal and professional relationships.

 

Practice living in the present now by letting go of the past and accepting lack of control over future outcomes.

 

Explore how to relate to significant others and family members with kindness and effectively collaborate on solutions as a team.

 

My special interests include applied mindfulness through martial arts, mind body practice, and spiritual psychology. 

 

***Video conferencing options and weekend hours available with advance notice.***

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Kathryn Leachman, LPC

(Baronne Office Location)

Life is full of bumps and hardships. It is part of the human experience. I believe counseling provides a meaningful exploration of your mental, physical, and spiritual well-being in order for you to navigate these issues with more self-awareness and capability. I view counseling as a process in which you, the client, and I, the counselor, establish rapport and trust one another in order to explore the self, come together as a team to examine presenting problems, develop solutions together, and work towards achieving goals to create wellness and improve your overall quality of life. I provide a counseling space free of judgment. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with experience in depression, anxiety, ADHD, anger management, self-. esteem, grief and loss, PTSD, trauma, social issues, and issues related to sexual orientation. I have experience working with clients across the lifespan with a particular interest in children and adolescents. I approach counseling from a integrative approach that includes cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness training. I address dysfunctional thoughts and self-destructive behaviors as they may be interconnected and assist you in focusing on specific problems

and strategies to address those issues.

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Monique Jones, LPC, NCC

(Baronne Office Location)

 Therapy can be scary, as well as intimidating for people. Allow me to provide you therapy in a judgement free, comfortable, and safe space. Everyone is a unique individual, and we will collaborate together to first develop a trusting relationship, and then exploring and addressing your individual needs. 

 

I have experience with adolescents, and adults in individual and family therapy that deal with the challenges of life daily. These include depression, anxiety, oppositional defiance, anxiety, grief and loss, relationship problems and trauma. 

 

I approach therapy from a Cognitive Behavioral framework, but I also incorporate other forms of therapy to meet the needs of the individual. 

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Jennifer Keith, PLPC

What would your life look like if you could snap your fingers and everything could change?  What if your relationships with loved ones had less conflict?  What if your stress levels were more manageable?  Whether this is your first time in counseling or you’re searching for a new therapist that’s a “good fit,” I can help in tackling those questions.  

Here’s a quick snapshot of what our experience will look like together:  I use an existential lens in therapy, which means that I enjoy teaming up with a client to explore the patterns of their life.  Your life patterns are unique, and your counseling experience should reflect that.  Want to use Star Wars as a framework for your life goals?  On it.  Want to create a personalized ritual to cope with trauma?  Let’s do it.  I can also introduce you to an individualized technique I created that will soon be published.  I respect your identity, your culture, and your individual needs.  We will check in regularly to ensure that our combined work is assisting you with making the best possible life choices.  I’m eager to take a holistic journey with you to address the varied needs in your life.  

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In Memory of: Natasha Ott, LCSW 

March 2020

Natasha was a beautiful, kind, and compassionate therapist that we had the privilege of working with. She brought an amazing energy to all of those around her. To honor her memory as a clinician, and all of the beauty that she put into the world; her clinical profile will be left up so that we may still have the benefit of her words. 

 

I believe that therapy is an opportunity for people to heal and transform their lives to be more in line with who they want to be. Whether that is to recover from mental illness, stabilize crises, or increase coping skills and self-care. In both my professional and personal life, I have seen the value of therapy to help draw people out of dark times in their lives to illuminate paths of hope to lead them to the other side of whatever issue is challenging them. My work with clients is grounded in the present moment, positive engagement, is client directed, and often employs a clinical tool box of interventions that draws from Humanistic, Psychodynamic and Behavioral therapeutic orientations.I work with clients to create a safe and accepting space to explore the complex relationships the client has with his or herself, their environment, and their past to help navigate future growth and goal fulfillment.I have worked as a Clinical Social Worker for 6 years in both New Orleans and San Francisco and worked with a wide variety of diverse clients across different race, cultures, sexuality, genders, and socioeconomic spectrums. I’ve worked with clients on issues such as, mood disorders, severe mental illness, addiction, parenting, environmental and cultural stress, adjustment disorder, trauma, domestic violence, chronic illness, relationships, self-esteem, burnout, and coping with stress.